NTSB Identification: WPR14LA206
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, May 23, 2014 in Waitsburg, WA
Aircraft: WILLIAMS HELICOPTER CORP UH 1H, registration: N260TA
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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On May 23, 2014, at 1602 Pacific daylight time, a Williams Helicopter Corporation UH-1H helicopter, N260TA, crashed immediately after takeoff near Waitsburg, Washington. The commercial pilot received minor injuries and the helicopter sustained substantial damage to the rotor system and tail boom. The helicopter was registered to, and operated by, Archer Aviation under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot stated to the deputy sheriff on-scene that immediately after takeoff the helicopter started 'hopping.' He attempted to land the helicopter but he had no control. Witnesses said that the helicopter took off then came back down hitting tail first and rolling on to its left side.

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